[ nar-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈnær ə tɪv /
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a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.
a book, literary work, etc., containing such a story.
the art, technique, or process of narrating, or of telling a story: Somerset Maugham was a master of narrative.
a story that connects and explains a carefully selected set of supposedly true events, experiences, or the like, intended to support a particular viewpoint or thesis: to rewrite the prevailing narrative about masculinity; the narrative that our public schools are failing.
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Origin of narrative

1445–55; (adjective) <Middle French narratif (adjective and noun), from Late Latin narrātīvus “suitable for narration, narration” from narrāt-, stem of narrātus, perfect participle of narrāre “to narrate ” + -ive

synonym study for narrative

1. Narrative, account, recital, history are terms for a story of an event or events. Narrative is the general term (for a story long or short; of past, present, or future; factual or imagined; told for any purpose; and with or without much detail). The other three terms apply primarily to factual stories of time already past. An account is usually told informally, often for entertainment, with emphasis on details of action, whether about an incident or a series of happenings. A recital is an extended narrative usually with an informative purpose, emphasizing accuracy and exhaustive details of facts and figures. A history, usually written and at some length, is characterized by a tracing of causes and effects, and by an attempt to estimate, evaluate, and interpret facts.


nar·ra·tive·ly, adverbnon·nar·ra·tive, adjective, nounsem·i·nar·ra·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for narrative

/ (ˈnærətɪv) /

an account, report, or story, as of events, experiences, etc
the narrative the part of a literary work that relates events
the process or technique of narrating
telling a storya narrative poem
of or relating to narrationnarrative art

Derived forms of narrative

narratively, adverb
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